It’s been 10 seasons and in its prime Duck Dynasty was one of the most watched shows on television. Following the life of the Robertsons and their family business “Duck Commander,” the show has broken several ratings records on A&E and cable television as a whole. The fourth-season premiere drew 11.8 million viewers; the most-watched nonfiction cable series in history. In mid-December 2013, controversy from an interview Phil Robertson gave to GQ magazine resulted in an indefinite suspension by A&E, due to remarks he made which were being widely reported in the media as “anti-gay”. Following public pressure on A&E to lift the suspension, he was reinstated nine days later.
But to be honest, the show has never really recovered since. While the show earned $80 million in advertising sales for the first nine months of 2013, and merchandise has generated another $400 million in revenue, ratings aren’t quite what they used to be and it’s time for the Robertsons to move on. Much of this season has been a virtual look back at the past 10 seasons with numerous “best of” clips and looks back at past episodes. I feel like it’s almost “too little too late” but every show’s gotta end sometime.
For those still following the show you can actually do a live Q&A on Twitter with the Robertson’s at 5pm est today. If you don’t have the time to make it there, the series finale airs tonight on A&E at 9pm est.
— Duck Dynasty (@DuckDynastyAE) March 29, 2017